Helen Toomik

I took my first steps in coding using GW-BASIC many years ago. It was so exciting to make things happen with a few simple instructions - almost like magic! Life's twists and turns took me onto a career detour into business and finance, but even then I couldn't help tinkering with code in the evenings. After a few years I realized that coding was what I really wanted to be doing after all, so I switched careers and became a developer. It was like coming home.

The magic of creating something out of essentially nothing but my own brain is still awesome, after all these years, especially when that something is useful to others. I am a back end developer (and you will never find me working with CSS of my own free will!) but I care deeply about usability and UX. UX is not about aesthetics - it's about presenting concepts in a clear and orderly manner.

The same goes for code. I love writing clean, tidy code that almost shouts its purpose to the reader. I love refactoring and bringing order into seemingly chaotic code.

Outside of work I enjoy creative pursuits such as photographing, knitting, and gardening. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, and walk the Sörmlandsleden when I want to get away from it all.